07 Career Selection

Objectives:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

•    Self-Discover their talents, values, and personality traits as a first step to career awareness
•    Choose programs, classes and work experiences in high school.
•    Become aware of different careers.
•    Open communication bridge between parents and students about prospective careers
•    Explore career choices that they have not heard of before.

Context

Due to changes in demographics and technological advances, the job market and economy is undergoing fast approaching changes. A transformation in career development is resulting in the requirement of new set of skills. ASPIRA and high school counseling programs today are concentrating their efforts to address the need to provide information on career options of their students.

Introduction: view the video Choosing a Career

There are hundreds of career options out there. How do you make a career choice when you don't really know what you want to do? Does it seem like an insurmountable task? It's not. Yes, you will have to put some time and energy into making your decision, but your effort will be well worth it in the end. Follow these steps to making a good career choice.

Before you can make a career choice you have to learn about yourself. Your values, interests and skills, in combination with certain personality traits, will make some careers especially suitable for you and some particularly inappropriate. You can use self assessment tools, often called career tests, to gather this information and, subsequently, to generate a list of occupations that are deemed appropriate. Some people choose to have career counselors or other career development professional